Postal Service continues long retreat
The Kansas City Star
In the lifetime of baby boomers, the U.S. Postal Service has gone from delivering mail twice a day in rain, hail, sleet and snow to once a day, and that regardless-of-weather-thing is questionable.
Now the Postal Service in August will dump Saturday deliveries to save $2 billion a year. The greeting card companies have rightfully groaned about it.
But weekly newspapers like The Call, which lands in a lot of mailboxes on Saturdays, should also be upset by the postal cutback. The Internet has caused people to use the Postal Service a lot less.
The plunge in volume, however, has resulted in those who depend on the post office to pay more, yet get less. That trend is longstanding and has been spreading like the flu across many industries.
Stamps went up a penny to 46 cents recently. But has anyone also noticed that mailboxes, which used to be nearly everywhere also have been pulled.
Post offices have been closing, leaving eyesores in a lot of urban and rural communities. Many that are open are seriously reducing their hours.
With the cuts to save billions of dollars, expect serious trims in Postal Service jobs. There just won’t be the need for as many workers.